Summer will be in the air this Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, as artists throughout Toledo throw open the doors to their galleries and studios for First Weekend.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be showcasing “Yaquina: A Traveling Exhibit,” a collection of 45 plein air paintings by regional artist Michael Gibbons that capture the beauty, history, health and viability of the Yaquina Watershed. Gibbons said experiencing these poetic landscape interpretations creates a benchmark for sustaining this significant environment for forests, fish and wildlife.
“I paint whatever moves me,” he said, “When I’m painting in nature, it is the divine experience of the land that feeds my inspiration.”
The museum will be featuring the DVD “Yaquina: A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape” as well as limited edition giclée prints of five paintings selected from the exhibition.
Located at 151 NE Alder Street, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be open from noon to 4 pm both days.
Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be featuring “A Path of Roses,” a painting Gibbons created on a warm summer day in the Portland Park Blocks using a painting technique called “ala prima,” applying wet paint on top of previous layers of wet paint. Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, June 2, only, with complimentary wine and refreshments on offer.
Around the corner, Ivan Kelly Gallery & Studio will be displaying “Wild Horse Skies” a painting featuring grazing horses on a rugged beach landscape. Ivan Kelly, a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, is also known for his detailed depictions of wildlife and big game. The artist will be on hand to talk about his work from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday at 207 East Graham Street.
On Main Street, Frank Jones will be featuring his music and photography at Francyfolk Photos & Music. Jones, also known as “Toledo’s Troubadour,” will be on hand from 10 am to 4 pm each day to delight folk song aficionados with his guitar and singing voice. Francyfolk Photos & Music is located at 227 South Main Street.
Further along Main Street, Janet Runger will be featuring her talents as an assemblage artist at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Wander through her gallery during First Weekend and see forgotten objects turned into treasures. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 170 North Main Street, across from Holy Toledo.